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CARLISLE COMMENTS ON STATE CONCERNS ABOUT HFD-ESD MERGER  

(Thurs. July 19, 2012)—Mayor Peter Carlisle provided the following statement:

“Today I received a letter from Dr. Loretta J. Fuddy, director of the State Department of Health (DOH), stating it was premature for the State to support a proposed merger between the Honolulu Fire and Emergency Services departments. The DOH oversees and regulates the emergency medical services contract. The letter reinforces my position that this issue must be approached with caution, and protecting public health and safety is still the top priority.

“The State criticized the professional services of a consultant hired by the City before I became mayor to study the fiscal viability of a merger. The process of awarding this $175,000 contract has also been questioned and the City Ethics Commission is investigating the process.

“Every contract awarded by the City must strictly follow procurement laws governing the state and counties. This year, the City and County of Honolulu for the first time received an Outstanding Achievement Award from the National Institute of Government Purchasing.

“I remain fully confident that employees of the fire and emergency services departments will continue to provide exemplary levels of service to the public.

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Media contact: Louise Kim McCoy, Mayor’s Office, 768-7798.